Blossoms shoot well but fall to Argos

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello shot 52 percent from the field, but it was not enough as West Florida took a 77-58 win over the Cotton Blossoms on Monday in nonconference women’s basketball.

The Blossoms (3-3) made 24 of 46 field-goal attempts but struggled at the free-throw line, hitting 10 of 21. The Argos (3-1), who shot 48 percent from the floor (24 of 46), outscored the Blossoms 44-27 in the second half.

Tamia Grady and Jordan Goforth led UAM with 21 and 16 points, respectively. Grady shot 9 for 12 from the floor. Jasmine Wigfall led West Florida with 19 points.

UAM will play at Henderson State on Dec. 5.

Gardner nets 25 as Lady Pirates prevail

WOODLAWN — Cierra Gardner scored almost as many points as the entire Woodlawn team Monday in leading Drew Central to a 50-30 girls basketball win.

Gardner had a game-high 25 points. Madison Knowles added 10 for Drew Central (4-1), which led 24-16 at halftime.

Delanie Boyd and Jordan Wylie each scored eight to lead Woodlawn.


Arkansas’ Jackson named Freshman of Week

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas freshman forward Jessica Jackson was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for women’s basketball, it was announced Monday.

Jackson, who led Jacksonville to the 5A state championship last season, scored a career-best 22 points in a win against Middle Tennessee State. She hit 4 for 5 from three-point range in that game. Against Missouri State, she posted her fifth consecutive game in double figures.

Jackson leads Arkansas (6-0) with 14.8 points per game on the season.

Duke eliminates Arkansas on penalty kicks

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke bested Arkansas on penalty kicks, 5-3, to win a Sweet 16 game in the NCAA women’s soccer tournament on Sunday.

The game was tied at 2 at the end of regulation. Ashleigh Ellenwood and Alexandria Fischer scored Arkansas’ goals.

The loss ended Arkansas’ first trip to the NCAA tournament. The Razorbacks defeated Oklahoma State and St. John’s in the tourney.


Rockets rally to hand Grizzlies 2nd straight loss

MEMPHIS — Chandler Parsons scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Dwight Howard added 15 points with seven rebounds to help the Houston Rockets to a 93-86 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.

Houston trailed 63-55 heading into the fourth quarter, but scored 38 points in the final frame to complete the comeback.

Omri Casspi scored 16 points off the bench, while Jeremy Lin netted 14 and Terrence Jones finished with 11 for Houston, which snapped a five-game losing streak in Memphis.

Tayshaun Prince paced Memphis with 16 points and Mike Conley added 10 points with 10 assists in the loss.


Rose out for season

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls were hoping for the best when Derrick Rose limped off the court last Friday, but their worst fear became reality Monday morning.

The 2010-11 NBA Most Valuable Player will miss the remainder of the season after having successful surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

Rose hurt his right knee in the Bulls’ 98-95 loss last Friday in Portland. The team learned the severity of the injury the next day, but remained hopeful that the star guard could return at some point this season.

Bryant signs extension with Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has signed a two-year contract extension.

Financial terms were not released, but it should enable the 15-time All-Star to finish his brilliant career with the Lakers. He was in the final year of his current contract.

"This is a very happy day for Lakers fans and for the Lakers organization," said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. "We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker, and this should ensure that happens. To play 20 years in the NBA, and to do so with the same team, is unprecedented, and quite an accomplishment. Most importantly however, it assures us that one of the best players in the world will remain a Laker, bringing us excellent play and excitement for years to come."

Bryant still isn’t ready to play as he continues his recovery from a ruptured Achilles in his left leg. He has returned to practice, but the team is unsure when he will suit up for a game.

— Staff and wire reports